Not Home For The Holidays

Not Home For The Holidays

As the year begins to wind down and we give thanks, we should take precautions when we’re away visiting family and friends.

Ask Someone to Keep an Eye on Things-  One of the best ways to protect your home is to be a good neighbor. That is, when you get to know your neighbor sand talk with them regularly, you can mention that you’ll be going on vacation and that you’d appreciate their looking out for the place a little. They’re the first line of defense while you’re gone, and you can return the favor when they’re away. You’ll also want to give them your vacation contact information, just in case of emergency.

Install Timers on Your Electronics-  A dark house at night for a week straight is a sure sign that someone is on vacation. By the same token, you don’t want to just flip a light on as you head out the door and leave it on the entire time. Luckily, there are a huge variety of timers on the market that plug right into an outlet and turn your lights and other electronics on and off at certain times of day. Most people only think of using these timers on lamps, but having TVs and/or radios plugged into them is a good idea too to create noise and the flickering lights associated with most American homes in the evening.

Stop the Mail-  An overflowing mailbox and a pile of packages on the front step are clear indications that someone hasn’t been home for a while.It’s incredibly easy to stop your USPS delivery for any amount of time (up to 30 days) and for the dates you specify. They even deliver your mail in a large bundle when you get home.

Beware of Social Media-  Share all of your vacation pics when you’re back and stay away from “checking in”, when you’re at some place far from home.  All these things do is broadcasts to the world that you’re not at home.

Lock Everything- While it seems like common sense, be sure to lock every single possible entry to your home, including deadbolts. While you may lock the main doors when you’re gone at work, there are surely windows and /or doors (such as into the garage or a second-floor deck) that usually stay unlocked or un-deadbolted. Before you leave for a vacation though, go through the house and lock absolutely every window and every door.

These are just a few examples of how to keep your home safe while away for the holidays.  Have a safe and fun time this holiday season.

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Dated: November 6th 2017
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